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Old 07-20-2016, 10:21 PM   #113
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Incidentally, when I ordered my new 16" Sendel TO3s in May, they had "made in China" stickers on them. ((sigh))
The Sendel website makes no claim as to the origin of the wheels. Despite that, I am happy with mine. Good and bad quality can be made anywhere in the world.

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Old 07-20-2016, 10:53 PM   #114
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We will pay more for made in America. Maybe not always three times more, but the wife and I try hard to put our money where our mouth is.


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Actually, when Sam Walton was still alive, Walmart *did* feature American-made stuff. They even put American flag stickers on them. But, to be competitive, they would also carry a Chinese-made version of whatever. Guess which one we Americans chose to buy? The American consumer is still the most powerful economic force on earth - and we continue to fund our own demise...

Incidentally, when I ordered my new 16" Sendel TO3s in May, they had "made in China" stickers on them. ((sigh))




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Old 07-21-2016, 05:15 AM   #115
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:44 AM   #116
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Made in 'where ever' is no guarantee of value

My galvanized Trash Cans have large Made in the USA stickers on them. They have proven to be reliable and useful. I have not had one fail, yet.

Europeans would buy the trash cans to ship back inventory to Europe, versus cardboard boxes. They would clean out spark plugs and filters for vintage USA automobiles at Walmart, and other items purchased in the USA, they wanted to arrive safely in a container. They would then sell the galvanized USA trash cans to customers, eagerly awaiting new inventory once in Europe and empty.

I do not care where a product is made, as long as it is provides value for the cost.

When they begin to grow bananas in Minnesota... I will buy those. You have to be a shallow thinker to believe that Made In 'where ever' can be a guarantee of quality and value just from the source indicated on the packaging.
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I buy American when I can because it is good for our nation.

I have been that way since my youth, problem is, there are so few that think like me that my opportunities to buy American are dwindling, dwindling the same as the small factories that used to dot our nation.


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I buy American whenever and wherever I can, and am willing to pay more for it. But I also do my homework and get the best quality I can get. Worth it? Hard to say - most of my stuff will outlast me! ;-)
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Airstreams Aluminum Wheels Made In China

Just bought a "made in USA" 16 oz. steel hammer at Home Depot for $21 instead of a "made in China" 16 oz. hammer with a fiberglass handle for $6. Do I get a prize? Wait, I think I hear the "Today" show calling us for a featured interview...

BTW, the steel hammer is pretty darn good at driving tent stakes, so I'm happy.
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Just bought a "made in USA" 16 oz. steel hammer at Home Depot for $21 instead of a "made in China" 16 oz. hammer with a fiberglass handle for $6. Do I get a prize? Wait, I think I hear the "Today" show calling us for a featured interview...

BTW, the steel hammer is pretty darn good at driving tent stakes, so I'm happy.
Sounds like a waste. Airstreams don't use stakes.

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Good one!

However, we drive tent stakes for the screen house we set up outside. Definitely needed them last night to keep it from blowing away. Our neighbor had one of those quick-deploy canopies with a sun screen on one side. By morning, that baby was upside down with legs sticking up in the air at various angles and all the canvas bunched up under it, in the bushes behind their campsite.

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I wish everything in my house were made in the USA but unfortunately I can't find everything I want/need made here.
My fine Win 101 shotgun was made in Japan. So was my Purdy made in England. And the recent radio show I listened to was about a US citizen immigrated from China who walked all around his town asking everyone to buy ALL their Xmas gifts only made in USA and to remove ALL their household goods made in China out to their garages for 30 days to see if they could live without them. (Result?: over 90% of all goods, durable and otherwise, in US households come from China. They couldn't cook meals without Chinese toasters, ovens, microwaves, and pots/pans. No toys could be found except a few made in Viet Nam. Even the American Flags for July 4th were sold by WalMart made in China. The U.S. ARMY for chrissakes wears uniforms made in China and Pakistan!)

That's the BAD news.

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The more that China sells stuff to the rest of the world..... the more capitalist they become.

And the more we have commerce with them, the more they listen to us.

(And China has a very loooong history of very FEW military excursions beyond their own borders, personally I only keep an eye on them, and don't fall for those that becry "wolf" only to get my vote so they can enrichen themselves over other Americans.)

Boycott Burger King. You'll do more for America. (They've moved corporate hq's to avoid paying US taxes.)
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Boycott Burger King. You'll do more for America. (They've moved corporate hq's to avoid paying US taxes.)
BK has corporate HQ's in Miami, which I think is still part of the US.
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BK bought Tim Horton's (a Canadian company) and scampered offshore to reduce their taxes. Their former headquarters is now leased by several tenants including the Town of Palmetto Bay, Florida.
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The funny thing is, American producers are bound by law to limit environmental damage, not so Chinese producers.

So, a person might say that buying domestic produced goods is good for the environment.


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And a person might say that buying domestically produced goods adds much to domestic employment while also providing a lot more tax revenue.

Foreign producers get access to our markets while paying few if any taxes.

Does this seem right?


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